April’s £25 Beauty Budget – Or, just way over £25

If you’ve been remotely tuned in to my blog in April you’ll probably already know that I 100% completely over-exceeded my £25 budget, I’m sure If I bought nothing for the rest of the year I wouldn’t make up what I lost this month – so sorry, not sorry as I picked up some gorgeous bits!

Sephora Haul (£51) (link)


Counted as spends

Sunday Riley Power Couple feat Half Sizes of Good Genes and Luna

Sephora Lip Balm

Not Counted As Spends

Makeup Pouch (not makeup/skincare/haircare)

The Estee Edit Dissolve the Drama 100 Point Perk, Josie Maran & Sephora Night Cream Free Samples

Beauty Bay / Makeup Geek Haul (£51.25) + CCO/TK Maxx (£6.98) (link)


Counted as spends

5 x Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

3 x Makeup Geek Brushes

L.A Girl Liner

Stila Eyeliner

Quo By Orly Smudgefix

Brushworks Complexion Sponge

Not Counted As Spends

Mario Badescu Seaweed Duo – Deluxe Sample Perk from Beauty Bay

W7 The Naughty Nine Palette (£3.49) (link)


Boots Haul (£35) (link)


Counted as spends

Estee Lauder Peach Witty Blush

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer

Not Counted As Spends

Lee Stafford CocoLoco Hair Mask (Essential haircare)

2 x Lee Stafford For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length Treatment (Essential Haircare)

Kiehls, Kiko & Boots/NYX (£48) (link)


Counted as spends

Kiko Gossamer Lipstick

Kiko Heatwave Lip Oil

Kiko Single Eyeshadow

Kiehls Calundua Cleanser

Not Counted As Spends

Aussie Dry Shampoo (Essential Haircare)

Garnier Skinactive Oil Infused Micellar Water (Essential Skincare)

NYX Tea Rose Lipstick (Boots Points)

NYX HD Concealer (Boots Points)

3 x NYX Lip Creams (Boots Points)

Essie Retro Revival Starry Starry Night (Boots Points)

OFRA Liquid Lipsticks – Yet to Arrive (£32)

Oh fuck you know this is gonna be bad, haha.

Total Spent = £227.72

Last of my Birthday Money =  -£45

Total Spent = £182.72

I’m attempting a total no buy this month, I have a week off work at the end of the month for my friends wedding/to spend with our new puppy and I’m hoping to massively catch up on the backlog of things I have to review! I have done massively well this month on having a good sort out/declutter/reorganisation and use up – I have a massive 40 empties this month, so I find a little solace in that I’ve bought a lot, but I’ve also used a lot – and I’m continuing that into this month too, I’m trying to only have one product of the same type on the go at once, everything else is neatly stored away in individaul boxes e.g Cleansers to make it easy to shop my stash when I’ve ran out!

If you’re unfamiliar with this little series, click here and you can see my attempt to spend £25 a month since January on non-essential beauty spends. Let me know what you’ve been spending on this month and whether there’s anything you’ve tried that I’ve hauled!


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  1. saturdayonwednesday
    May 5, 2016 / 6:29 am

    Haha “so close” 😀 I know the struggle though 💁🏼💕

  2. Frances
    May 5, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Haha! At least you’re trying that’s the main thing!

    I do love the breakdown and justification of “non-spends”

    If I feel I’m going abit over board with a haul, I just throw a few bits of Men’s hair/skincare in there as a distraction, he never questions then!

  3. May 5, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Haha I know the feeling! My April spending was way off budget too oops!

  4. May 5, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Oh but you did get some amazing stuff in April! It also sounds like many of the items you got are absolute standouts (Sunday Riley set, W7 palette, Bourjois concealer etc)
    I do think that having a new puppy will occupy ALL of your time so you won’t be shopping as much in May.
    How’s the puppy name coming along?

    • The Sunday Riley set makes up for £5o something by itself, so that is a decent chunk of the money!
      Well, my week off isn’t until the end of May, whilst Ben is off the week before with him – I just have to keep behaved until then!
      We have a name to beat – ‘Charlie’, I keep going back and forth on it, finding it hard to decide -Dexter was a no brainer, that’s definitely the name and this time round it feels so much harder!

      • May 5, 2016 / 2:59 pm

        I like the name Charlie! A good blend of human and dog name! 🐶

  5. May 8, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Girl, the year is only one third of the way done and you already went so over your budget!!! 😛

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